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Scoutcast Episode 360 – Opportunities for FPL managers during Blank Gameweek 18

Joe is joined by Karam and new regular Scoutcast host Seb to try to make sense of the fixture change impacting on Gameweek 18.

Content creators are having a tough time of late. As soon as a video or podcast is painstakingly researched and presented, a major announcement changes everything. Lately, that has been due to COVID-19, with players forced to isolate and games postponed.

This time around the Scoutcast has escaped such changes by scheduling its latest episode last night (Monday, January 11), just hours after it emerged that Tottenham’s game with Aston Villa on Wednesday had been put back due to COVID-19 concerns.

Instead, Jose Mourinho’s troops will take on Fulham in a hastily rearranged game that falls far more kindly in the Gameweek for owners of Spurs stars Harry Kane (£11.0m) and Son Heung-min (£9.8m).

Understandably, this important fixture change tops the bill in a show that marks the debut for Seb as the Scoutcast’s new regular co-host with Joe.

Also joining this week is Karam, who has had his own experience with coronavirus recently. He reveals how he was been isolating after a positive test and thankfully is now fighting fit to once again tackle this most irregular of seasons.

Our trio reveal their Gameweek 18 plans and the players they are targeting. Joe has already pressed the button on his Free Hit chip but Karam only needs one or two transfers to field a credible side. Meanwhile, Seb is Free Hit-curious, and undecided on whether to deploy this chip.

Differentials during this limited set of fixtures are also taken in. Are Wolves and Everton players being unfairly neglected?

Elsewhere, Arsenal’s low owned gems are scrutinised and long-term fixtures are frisked in a show that aims to ensure Fantasy Premier League managers are well prepared for today’s Gameweek 18 deadline.

The Scoutcast will return on Thursday night, when Joe, Seb and their guest will dust off their notes once again and focus on the coming weekend’s Double Gameweek 19.

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  1. Gazza2000
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Thoughts on Salah, DCL and Kilman to Rashford, Kane and Mitchell for -4 to give me this lot below with 9 players this GW.
    Son and Kane will go out for another -4 in GW19 for Salah and Antonio to give me 11 DGW players.

    (Martinez - Foster )
    Dias Cancelo Dier Mitchell ( Coufal )
    KDB Fernandes Son Rashford ( Soucek )
    Kane ( Davis, Bamford )

    1. Stormbringer22
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Excellent plan imo. No brainer for me

      1. Gazza2000
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Cheers

  2. Stormbringer22
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Saka vs ESR. I fancy ESR as more of a differential but is Saka's upside so much bigger to justify going with him instead?

    1. Gazza2000
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Think Saka is worth the extra money, far better stats

      1. Stormbringer22
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Thanks mate

    2. JabariParkersEyelid
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 6 days ago

      It entirely depends what you're doing with the extra funds for me.

      1. Stormbringer22
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Having a fully serviceable bench in case of postponements. Otherwise it will be all fodder

    3. Goonerly
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Guess I'm asking sort of the same question below.
      Saka is amazing, always involved, integral part of the attack.
      Smith Rowe gets himself in more dangerous positions, but is more in danger of being subbed/having minutes managed..
      Tough one.

      1. Stormbringer22
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 6 days ago

        I do think ESR offers great value and allows me to have a decent bench. Need at least one pick that is more of a differential I think. Most people are going with Saka

    4. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      I'm not compromising on Saka. You're a member go look at Saka's stats.

      1. Stormbringer22
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 6 days ago

        I have done and they are indeed amazing. When comparing Saka with ESR though I feel like the comparison may be a bit skewed due to the fact that ESR has played only 3 games and in recent times. His stats are good too. Think the upside of having Lloris in goal over Leno and having a decent bench outweighs Saka.

    5. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Saka. And it is not even close.

  3. King Kohli
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Who would you remove for Stones?

    A. Mitchell (Although Mitchell plays this week, likely to be a 1 or 2 pointer at best)
    B. Konsa (Konsa could be handy with plenty of dgws down the line)

    7 playing this week if I remove Mitchell, 8 if I remove Konsa.

    Gw 18 team:
    Cancelo Taylor Mitchell
    KDB Bruno Anguissa
    Kane

    1. Gazza2000
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Konsa

    2. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      That's not a good enough team to not FH or WC imo.

      You're going to drop huge places with that lot.

      You only really have 4 effective players this week.

      1. King Kohli
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        If I FH, I will lose KDB & Cancelo who I got in this week along with a saved FT.

        Will have to take hits to get them in gw 19.

        Just a hit for Stones this week will leave me with all the big hitters(except Son) and double city defence.
        Should be OK for this week I guess.

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          I disagree. I think you should WC. Burn the extra FT.

    3. Corgzzzz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      I thought Taylor was out injured...?

      1. King Kohli
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Touch and go this week according to Dyche.
        Has a double coming up and is useful as a bench fodder.

  4. Rhodes your boat
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Newcastle fans, who do you expect to line up in defence this week? Looking to bring in either yedlin or clark

  5. RedJive79
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Slight change to last team posted. How's this FH team looking now??

    Darlow
    Cancelo / Tierney / Lascelles
    Saka / KDB / Son (c) / Rashford/ Bruno
    Kane / Lacazette

    Bench is all fodder.

    1. JabariParkersEyelid
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Lascelles is unlikely to play.

  6. Pomp and Circumstance
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Gundogan or Saka?

    1. pricycle
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Having the same debate but leaning gundo

  7. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    I'm eagerly awaiting Pep's presser if Sterling is fit I'm considering doing something pretty maverick.

    Lloris
    Cancelo Dier Lindelof
    KdB Sterling Fernandes Son Saka
    Laca Cavani
    (McGoldrick first sub in case Cavani is out)

    No Kane!

    1. De Gea is GOAT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Whens the presser?

    2. Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      What if Lindelof doesn't play?

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Then I get Mitchell. But I think Lindelof is nailed on to play. Bailly is unfit and he trained yesterday.

        1. Stormbringer22
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Is Mitchell going to play though?

          1. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            It doesn't matter. He won't be needed.

    3. Von Lipwig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Good luck. Respect.

  8. fplconte
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Who is more important:

    Son this week, or Salah next week

    1. Gazza2000
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Salah next week

  9. Goonerly
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    A) Leno - AWB - Saka

    B) DDG - Tierney - Smith Rowe

    What combination would you prefer?

  10. SilentLemonMan
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Down to 8 with 2 transfers already made (-4 hit)

      Holding Dias Maguire Stones
      Sara Son KDB(c) Bruno(v)

      Time to FH or hold ? My rivals all have Kane.

    • diesel001
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      FH template team. G2G?

      Lloris
      Cancelo Tierney AWB
      Fernandes KDB Son Saka
      Kane Lacazette Wilson

      1. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Yep looks good! I've got Rashford Dias over Laca Wilson!?

        1. diesel001
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Template the way to go for me. Just want to be in a good position at the half way mark. Then can reassess after FA Cup 4th round.

    • Jullepuu
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Salah, Podence and Watkins to KDB, Neto and Bamford for a hit?

    • Live Lad
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      One Man U defender or City defense double?
      Thanks.

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        City double - Man U defence been pretty porous

    • TNB
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Set on this FH team

        DeGea (4M)
        Reguillon-Cancelo-Tierny (Mitchell+3.8m)
        KdB-Son-Bruno-Saka (Burke)
        Wilson-Kane-Lacca

        Anyone missing? 😀

        1. diesel001
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Nope. If you switched De Gea and Reguilon to Lloris and AWB you would have a template team.

      • Lignja
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Need help here guys. No space for all 3 so need to leave 1 out

        A. Dias (have Cancelo)
        B. Wan Bissaka
        C. Wilson

        Loris
        Cancelo, Tierny, xxx, xxx
        Kdb, Saka, Son, Fernandes
        Kane, Laca, xxx

        1. wilson007
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 6 days ago

          A C

      • Evasivo
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Has my Grav randomly disappeared?

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Yes

          1. Evasivo
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Weird after sooooo many years, will look into it.
            Thanks

            1. Evasivo
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Can any Mod link me to grav guidance?, beens absolutely years and years since I last did it

              1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 6 days ago

                Gravatar

                1. Evasivo
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  Just tried that and I ended up logging into an old wordpress site of mine from 2013! 😮

      • Puyol Pants Up
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Quick question lads?

        A) ESR + Lloris
        B) Saka + Leno (already have Tierney)

        A) would mean I also get an extra playing bench player.

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Don't double Arsenal defense. A. Although I'm not willing to sacrifice Saka so I got AWB over Tierney.

        2. Stormbringer22
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Not convinced that Arsenal will keep a clean sheet so A. I have Tierny in my squad simply for the potential attacking returns

      • Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Who is the best DM of the last 25 years?

        Makelele, Kante, Busquets, Vieira, Keane, Yaya Toure, Mascherano?

        1. diesel001
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Kante.

        2. Goodricke
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Batty!

        3. TNB
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Busquet

          • Inazuma X1
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Yaya Toure

          • Lindelol
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            No time for this today 😀

          • Lindelol
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Toure was box to box

          • sunzip14
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Busquets

          • Dark Side Of The Loon!
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Kane

          • Hot Toddy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Lothar Matthäus

        4. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Who scores more?

          A. Rashford Dias
          B. Laca Wilson

          1. SilentLemonMan
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Tough one. I like Laca but A seems safer

          2. Goodricke
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Bottomed on last page, so reposting:
            2.1m in the world, FH time, and a strange feeling that Sheffield will not only break their duck, but will also keep a clean sheet. I present to you:

            Ramsdale, BPF
            Tierney, wan Bis, Cancelo, Mitchel, webster
            KDB, Son, Bruno, Gundogan, Saka
            Kane, Laca, McGoldrick.

            Better to burn out than fade away.

            Once more into the breach...

            or play it safe(r) with DDG?

            1. Aussie Rules
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Same starting line up as me except for Lloris instead of Ramsdale. Stick to your gut feeling I reckon personally

          3. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Martial or Cavani?

            1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              For this week only (FH)

            2. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Martial - scored in all of his three starts at Turf Moor in the PL

              1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 6 days ago

                Thanks Miguel!

            3. Zladan
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Cavani if he starts.

              Otherwise neither.

          4. Jam0sh
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Do you think Darlow is nailed enough to consider him on FH? Or would you rather just go with Leno

            1. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Go Darlow if you can get Dubravka on your bench

              1. Jam0sh
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 6 days ago

                I can't unfortunately

                1. Miguel Sanchez
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  Can you afford Areola or Sanchez instead?

                  1. Jam0sh
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 6 days ago

                    No. I will play with one playing keeper, either Darlow or Lenon

                    1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 6 days ago

                      John it is then

            2. Von Lipwig
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              I'm also worried about Darlow and don't want to spend money on a backup keeper. Pickford maybe?

          5. TheDragon
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            A) Shaw & Lacazette
            B) AWB & Wilson

            1. Aussie Rules
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              A

          6. wilson007
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Would you take a -8 to field

            DDG
            Lowton Cancelo Dias
            Son Bruno KDB Rashford
            Brewster

            and then be set for 14DGW + Son for GW19 with no more hits?

          7. fish&chips
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Worth a -8 to bring in laca and neto for 2 blanks? Basically needs a goal to be worthwhile.

            This is on fanteam and I'll wildcard immediately after.

          8. tibollom
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Dont know what to do guys; got 2 FT but barely any players for the GW.. Should I FH or is it a waste of 2 transfers and should I take a few hits instead?

            McCarthy Button
            Balbuena robbo dallas ferguson Ctaylor
            salah bruno son soucek raphina
            kane dlc bam

            1. fish&chips
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              FH or you could consider WC since you've got 3 Leeds and 1 soton who might not have a double next week now

          9. OptimusBlack
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            For FH
            A- Dubravka + Tierney
            B- Leno + AWB

          10. Slitherene
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Which option would you suggest?

            A) Sterling, Richarlison
            B) Rashford, Jesus

          11. mataave
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Saka or Neto?

            1. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Saka

            2. Aussie Rules
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Saka

          12. Jdpz
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 6 days ago

            What you think about 4-3-3 for this gw?

            1. JabariParkersEyelid
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 6 days ago

              I think I'd rather have 7 attackers, but if you have low TV it's a viable strategy.